Trial delayed again for suspect in 1988 murder

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The family of a woman killed in 1988 is furious the suspect will not go to trial until September.

Mark Norwood, who appeared in court Monday, is charged with capital murder in the death of Debra Baker. She was beaten to death in her Austin home 27 years ago. The case went unsolved until 2011 when prosecutors say DNA evidence pointed to Norwood as a suspect.

His trial was supposed to begin in February, but a judge pushed it back to the fall.

Caitlin Baker says the move is preventing her family from having closure.

“My grandmother…is 91 and at this point she doesn’t expect to see the end of this and we need her to see the end of this,” Baker said. “We’ve tried to tell them multiple times but all they have are delays and we need this to come to a conclusion as soon as possible.”

Norwood is already in prison for the 1986 murder of Christine Morton. DNA evidence helped lead to that conviction. Christine’s husband, Michael Morton, was wrongly convicted of that crime and spent decades in prison. He was exonerated back in 2011. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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